Business Briefs

Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, officially opened the Kimball Institute for Rehabilitative and Occupational Health Services on Oct. 11 with a ceremony and ribbon cutting attended by 150 people. The group of attendees consisted of hospital staff and physicians, benefactors, members of the local government, Lakewood BlueClaws staff, and friends and patients. The new institute is on Kimball Medical Center’s campus, 500 River Ave. (Route 9), Lakewood.

Kimball’s expansion into the rehabilitative arena represents a continuum of care that crosses a multitude of specialties, including post-stroke care, sports injury rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, pediatric programs, and speech and language therapies.

Whether the goal of therapy is to speak clearly again, walk unassisted, or run a marathon, each program will be designed with the individual in mind, incorporating state-of-the-art balance training, fiber-optic assessment tools, simulated home-making areas, and other exercise and diagnostic equipment in conjunction with therapists to promote healing and improve function.

Many of those who will benefit from the new institute will first enter the health system as an inpatient at Kimball Medical Center. Once well enough to leave the hospital setting, their ongoing progress will begin with the help of the Kimball Institute for Rehabilitative and Occupa-tional Health Services.

Jennifer Benbrook, a resident of Howell and independent sales contractor for AtHome America, was recently honored at the company’s annual sales convention. Benbrook was recognized for being a new sales consultant with high sales for the year and for having one of the highest in-home demonstration in sales for the year. The awards were presented at AtHome America’s Salute 2006 where nearly 1,000 salespeople and their supporters were in attendance.

For almost 25 years, AtHome America has been decorating homes through HomeShows with its collection of home-decorating accessories, designed with family in mind. Benbrook has been a part of the company since Aug. 12, 2005.

Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, has announced the addition of two reconstructive breast surgeons to its current medical staff roster.

Michael W. Nagy, M.D., returns to Ocean County following his plastic surgery training and fellowship in breast and cosmetic surgery. He joins the practice of Christopher P. Godek, M.D., at the Personal Enhancement Center, Toms River.

Also specially trained in reconstructive breast surgery is Stephen E. Small, D.O., with offices in Toms River and Manahaw-kin.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will present “The Education of the Postal Customer; How to Save Money” at its general membership industrial luncheon meeting, Nov. 1 at the Ramada Inn and Suites, 2373 Route 9. Toms River. Guest speakers will discuss online postal services, international shipping and the ability to save businesses money.

Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $30 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. A $5 charge will be added for walk-ins. Details: (732) 363-0012 or send e-mail to pam@mylakewoodchamber.com.